Natural honey helps as diet-mediated for tuberculosis prevention or treatment

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Tavana A M. Natural honey helps as diet-mediated for tuberculosis prevention or treatment. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2011;4:145-6
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Honey is an organic, natural sugar alternative with no additives that is easy on the stomach, adapts to all cooking processes, and has an indefinite shelf-life. [1] Honey is a welcome variation and delicious addition to the diet and it is a builder food, packed with the things the body needs to build and rebuild itself. [2] It gives a quick energy release, which makes it appealing as a breakfast complement as it quickly supplies the energy needed to start the day right. [3] Tuberculosis (TB) also is a contagious disease. Like the common cold, it spreads through the air. When infectious people cough, sneeze, talk, or spit, they propel TB germs, known as bacilli, into the air. A person needs only to inhale a small number of these to be infected. [4] Left untreated, each person with active TB disease will infect on average between 10 and 15 people every year. In 2005, estimated per capita TB incidence was stable or falling in all six World Health Organization (WHO) regions. However, the slow decline in incidence rates per capita is offset by population growth. Consequently, the number of new cases arising each year is still increasing globally and in the WHO regions of Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and South-East Asia. The human become sick when the immune system of body does not work normally and bacterium causes infection either endogenously or exogenously by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Internet search for literature on effects of honey on M. tuberculosis was performed using a variety of search tools. Evidential literature suggests that honey has different sugars including glucose, fructose maltose, turanose sucrose, erlose, and different enzymes including lipase, amylase diastase, invertase, catalase, phosphatase, glucose, inhibin, polyphenol oxidase, inulase glycogenase, and different types of amino acids including serine, alanine, histidine, proline, leucine, glycine, threonine, lysine, valine, and pollens including phosphotides, lecithins, cephalin, photosterol, phosphatidylserine, and 6500 types of flavonoids and minerals including molybdenum, silica, Bohr, chrome, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese chloride, sulfur, and different types of vitamins including Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin Pyridoxine Β6, Tsiankobalamin Β12 Folic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin AΈ Vitamin DΈ Vitamin EΈ Vitamin K, Vitamin H (biotin), and organic acids including gluconic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, oxalic acid, maleic acid, citric acid, carboxylic acid, and other different compounds. [5],[6] Honey has decontamination property too. [7],[8] A hypothesis is that honey could be acted as a diet-mediated antituberculosis prophylaxis and cure of patients. The WHO estimates that the largest number of new TB cases in 2005 occurred in the South-East Asia Region, which accounted for 34% of incident cases globally. [4] However, the estimated incidence rate in sub-Saharan Africa is nearly twice that of the South-East Asia Region, at nearly 350 cases per 100 000 population. It is estimated that 1.6 million deaths resulted from TB in 2005. Both the highest number of deaths and the highest mortality per capita are in the Africa Region. [9] The TB epidemic in Africa grew rapidly during the 1990s, but this growth has been slowing each year, and incidence rates now appear to have stabilized or begun to fall. Honey is an organic, natural sugar alternative with no additives that is easy on the stomach, with good source of different essential compounds for human body. Honey has different medical advantages [10] including relieves annoying coughs which are more common in TB patients. Nowadays, it has to be said that drug-resistant TB is more common in different part of the world. Drug-resistant TB is caused by inconsistent or partial treatment, when patients do not take all their medicines regularly for the required period because they start to feel better, because doctors and health workers prescribe the wrong treatment regimens, or because the drug supply is unreliable. A particularly dangerous form of drug-resistant TB is multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), which is defined as the disease caused by TB bacilli resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the two most powerful anti-TB drugs. Rates of MDR-TB are high in some countries, especially in the former Soviet Union, and threaten TB control efforts. [11] Since the earliest recorded times, human beings have taken this honey for use, not only as a food product, but also as a medicine, especially for wound care. [12] It has to be said that the pH of honey is about 3.5 which is not suitable for the growth of most bacteria, perhaps for M. tuberculosis. Based on WHO data, the number of MDR-TB and XDR-TB is increasing daily. My personal opinion for a better prevention and cure for the TB patients is that honey is very beneficial. Possibly a few studies also are supporting this. [13] Honey has also been applied for inhibition of H. pylori and many Gram-negative and Gram-positive in vitro[14],.[15],[16],[17] and many diseases perhaps Cancer, [18],[19] respiratory diseases, [20],[21] and obstructive jaundice in Animal Model too. [22] I believe that if honey is added to individual diet daily, the number of TB infection could come down slowly. The honey could be used for preventing the disease and cure the patient, especially with (Multidrug Resistant TB) MDR or (Extensive Drug Resistant TB)XDR-TB successfully too.

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